Brexit Woes for WOMAD

Brexit is making it harder to book artists say the organisers of WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival.

WOMAD Brexit issues
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Following visa issues for some international artists at last year’s event, there are now fears that entry to the UK will be even more problematic due to the uncertainty surrounding the country’s departure from the European Union.

In an interview with the Guardian, festival director, Chris Smith, said: “We are struggling to overcome it and let artists know they are welcome here and [that] people still want to experience their great music. Lots of artists are finding they can get to Europe but fear taking the next step to the UK, particularly if there is no passport union.”

Although it is too early for artists to make official visa applications, the organisers fear that even if the situation changes they may have already made up their minds to avoid the hassle and leave the UK off their tour calendar.



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